Welcome to International Jazz Day April 30, 2019 A Worldwide Celebration of Jazz!

Global Concert in Melbourne, Australia Will Feature Over 30 World-Renowned Artists Including Herbie Hancock, James Morrison, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Kurt Elling

Paris and Washington, D.C.UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock today announced the programme for the 2019 edition of International Jazz Day, which will be launched in Australia and celebrated in more than 190 countries around the world.

On 29 and 30 April, a wide range of jazz performances, education programmes and community service initiatives will be presented in partnership with the Melbourne Conservatorium, University of Melbourne, featuring more than a dozen celebrated jazz masters. The events on International Jazz Day itself (30 April) will culminate in an All-Star Global Concert at the Melbourne Arts Centre’s renowned Hamer Hall.  It will be webcast via YouTube, Facebook, the United Nations and UNESCO to millions of viewers worldwide.

Iconic jazz pianist Herbie Hancock (USA) and acclaimed trumpeter James Morrison (Australia) will serve as artistic co-directors of the All-Star Global Concert, and John Beasley (USA) will serve as the evening’s musical director. The concert will feature performances by an international roster of artists from more than a dozen countries. Confirmed artists include: Cieavash Arian (Iran), William Barton (Australia), Dee Dee Bridgewater (USA), Till Brönner (Germany), A Bu (China), Igor Butman (Russian Federation), Eli Degibri (Israel), Kurt Elling (USA), Matthew Jodrell (Australia), Ledisi (USA), Eijiro Nakagawa (Japan), Mark Nightingale (United Kingdom), Chico Pinheiro (Brazil), Tineke Postma (Netherlands), Eric Reed (USA), Antonio Sánchez (Mexico), Nathan Schreiber (Australia), Somi (USA), Lizz Wright (USA), Tarek Yamani (Lebanon)… and more!

A series of jazz performances and outreach programmes will also take place in Adelaide, Mount Gambier, Sydney, Perth and other Australian cities. In the week prior to International Jazz Day, the celebration will kick off with a jazz education programme for student musicians in the indigenous community of Yarrabah in Far Northern Australia, to be followed by similar programmes in Sydney for students from New South Wales public schools.

Australia’s International Jazz Day celebrations will conclude with the “Generations in Jazz” youth festival in Mount Gambier, South Australia, led by James Morrison and Kurt Elling during the first weekend of May. With the participation of more than 6,000 high school student musicians, it will the largest youth jazz festival in the world.

Thousands of other programmes all over the world will celebrate jazz as a universal language of peace, among them jazz-themed films, lectures, book readings, theatre performances and panel discussions, as well as jam sessions, master classes, and radio and television broadcasts. As in previous years, a majority of International Jazz Day partner activities will focus on education and community impact, benefitting millions of students, academics, professional musicians and music lovers everywhere.

Established by the General Conference of UNESCO in 2011 at the initiative of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, and recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, International Jazz Day brings together countries and communities worldwide every 30 April to celebrate the art of jazz, highlighting its important role in encouraging dialogue, combating discrimination and promoting human dignity. The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz is UNESCO’s official partner in the organization and promotion of International Jazz Day.

Note: The 2019 All-Star Global Concert will be webcast for free on jazzday.com, unesco.org, YouTube and Facebook at 15:00 UTC / 11:00 New York / 16:00 Paris on Tuesday, April 30.

Contacts:

Alisse Kingsley
+ 1 323 467 8508
press@jazzday.com

(UNESCO)
Roni Amelan, UNESCO Media Section, +33(0)145681772

To find out more about International Jazz Day and register events on the official website:  www.jazzday.comor www.unesco.org/jazzday.

 

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What is International Jazz Day?

This is how it all began…

In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. The Institute is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration

International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication. Each year on April 30, this international art form is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; promoting freedom of expression; fostering gender equality; and reinforcing the role of youth in enacting social change.

International Jazz Day is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April. In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly formally welcomed the decision by the UNESCO General Conference to proclaim April 30 as International Jazz Day. The United Nations and UNESCO now both recognize International Jazz Day on their official calendars.

To find out more about International Jazz Day and register events on the official website:  www.jazzday.comor www.unesco.org/jazzday.

 

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Dean Demerritt and Sean Al-Jibouri Performing at The Bistro at Seville Friday April 12th, 2019!

Jazz Night at Bistro at Seville with Dean Demerritt and Sean Al-Jibouri!

We can’t think of a better way to spend an evening than listening to your favorite jazz tunes performed by Dean Demerritt, one of Tulsa’s finest Bassists, accompanied by the incomparable Guitarist Sean Al-Jibouri!

Bring your friends, family, and neighbors, to experience the musical magic that is Dean and Sean for yourself while enjoying the delicious menu offerings of Bistro at Seville…See you Friday 🙂

 

Additional Show Information:

Dates/Times:  

Friday April 12th, 2019  6:00 pm-8:30 pm

Location: 10021 S Yale Ave #103, Tulsa, OK 74137

Phone: (918) 296-3000

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Welcome to Jazz Appreciation Month…Let’s Celebrate!

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What is Jazz Appreciation Month?

Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as “JAM”) was created  at the Smithsonian Museum in 2002 to herald and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April.

JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more.

Question: As a jazz fan what can I do this month and all year to celebrate and spread the word about jazz?

Here are some suggestions:

  • Attend a jazz concert at a local concert hall, performing arts organization, church, school, college, or jazz society
  • Follow your favorite musicians or groups on social media
  • Seek out new jazz music, musicians, and albums
  • Share your favorite music, musicians, or new finds with friends and peers
  • Read a biography about one of your favorite jazz musicians, jazz poetry, or other jazz book – fiction or nonfiction
  • Tune into a local jazz radio station or online radio station or playlist
  • Make a pilgrimage to your favorite jazz city, jazz museum, or to a musician’s birthplace or gravesite
  • Watch a jazz documentary, film, or performance
  • Subscribe to a jazz magazine or other publication online or in print
  • Host jazz listening sessions
  • Hold a jazz-themed party in honor of a favorite musician, or to celebrate jazz in general

For more information visit these websites:

http://www.jazzday.com

http://americanhistory.si.edu/smithsonian-jazz

Thank you for joining us in a celebration of this great American art form!

Sincerely,

TulsaJazz.Com

 

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“Compared to Now” CD Available Just In Time for Christmas!

Get Your Copy Today and Give the Gift of Music !

“Compared To Now”, the musical creation with the combined talents of Tulsa artists Dean Demerritt, Sarah Maud, and Sean Al-Jibouri, is a must have for your music collection this Christmas!

The entire album is a fresh re-imagination of song nuggets from the past. From the updating of the classic “Compared to What” with spoken word reflective of today’s polarization to the free jazz of “Weird Nightmare”, this jazz album is like a fresh breeze.

This incredible CD is available for only $9.99 at both Josey Records Tulsa and Starship Records. You can also purchase online, in both digital and physical format, at Amazon.com and CD Baby. Pick up several copies and give the gift of music this holiday season, you’ll be glad you did!

Purchase Locations:

Local Stores:
Josey Records-1020 Rockford St. #B, Tulsa, OK 74120

Starship Records-1241 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74104

Online Stores:
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The Geoffrey Keezer Trio at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Dec 12th 2018!

The Geoffrey Keezer Trio at the OK Jazz Hall of Fame!

With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, multiple GRAMMY®nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz.

A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Keezer was playing in jazz clubs as a teenager, holding down the piano chair for Art Blakey at age 18, and touring in the company of Ray Brown, Joshua Redman, Diana Krall, Art Famer, Benny Golson and Barbara Hendricks in his 20s.

More recently he has toured with Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, David Sanborn, Chris Botti, Sting, Joe Locke and Christian McBride; produced and arranged three GRAMMY®-nominated recordings with vocalist Denise Donatelli, and released a series of albums drawing influences from Hawaiian, Okinawan and Afro-Peruvian folk traditions.

His 2009 album Áurea (ArtistShare) was nominated for a Best Latin Jazz Album GRAMMY® award. Geoffrey’s 2013 solo piano release, Heart of the Piano (Motema Records), seeks to redefine solo jazz piano as a personal and interactive showcase of melody, energy and groove, while his latest album On My Way to You (MarKeez Records 2018) is a stunning new set of music featuring his working trio with the addition of guest vocalist Gillian Margot.

Joining the Geoffrey Keezer Trio on the Jazz Hall stage will be the Modern Oklahoma Jazz Orchestra, this will be a fabulous night of music!

For tickets, call (918) 928-JAZZ or visit http://www.JazzHallTickets.com. General Admission tickets are only $10.00. VIP Tickets are $25 and include a copy of Geoffrey’s latest album, On My Way to You.

The event is a part of the OK Jazz Hall’s 2018 Autumn Concert Series.

Additional Information:

Date/Time: Wednesday Dec 12th, 2018  7:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Location: 5 S. Boston, Tulsa, OK 74103

Phone: (918) 928-5299

OKJHOF Website: www.okjazz.org

Geoffrey Keezer’ Website: http://geoffreykeezer.com/

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Tulsa Jazz.Com Presents Cynthia Simmons, Dean Demerritt, and Frank Brown Sunday Sept 23rd, 2018 at Doc’s Wine and Food!

Cynthia Simmons, Dean Demerritt, and Frank Brown Live In Concert!

Cynthia Simmons invites you to her return performance at Doc’s Wine and Food this Sunday September 23rd and she’s bringing some special friends with her! We can’t think of a better way to spend an evening than listening to your favorite jazz tunes performed by Cynthia Simmons, one of Tulsa’s finest performers, accompanied by the fabulous guitarist Frank Brown and the incredible bassist Dean Demerritt!

Bring your friends, family, and neighbors, to experience the musical magic that is Cynthia, Frank, and Dean for yourself while enjoying the delicious menu offerings and beverage selections of Doc’s Wine and Food…See you Sunday 🙂

This show is a Taylor Entertainment Group Production.

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Additional Information:

Date/Time: Sunday September 23rd, 2018 6 pm-9 pm

Location: 3509 S Peoria Ave, Tulsa, OK 74105

Phone: 918.949.3663

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